The Hottest of The Hotness: June 2010
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It is fairly common to see arguments for and against The Cult of the New on BGG. My goal here is not to take sides, but to take a look at those games appearing in The Hotness (the sidebar on the front page). I'm not trying to tell people what to buy or what is/should be popular, I'm just trying to catch a snapshot of what the BGG community finds popular.

Here's what I did: Each day, I took note of the games appearing in The Hotness. The games are listed in order of how 'hot' they are. I'm not exactly sure what this means, but the basic idea is that Aldie has written some code to figure this out. There are 50 games listed and I assigned a value of 50 to the top-ranked game, 49 to the next, and so on down to 1 to the last game in the list. So, the overall hotness is simply the sum of all these values for the month. Then I calculate the ratio of the overall hotness divided by the highest possible value (50 * the number of days in the month) so that month to month comparisons can be made.

So, you get three numbers for each game: The number of days it was on The Hotness in the last month, the raw overall hotness value, and the percent of the maximum hotness. The first ten entries are the ten games with the highest raw hotness. After that, I've added some summary items including a list of all games appearing on The Hotness listed by rank and number of days.

Last Month: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/55431

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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Raw Rank: 545
Percent: 90.8

Dominion once again takes the top spot.
 
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2. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:465]
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Raw Rank: 511
Percent: 85.2

New to the top ten. Only 24 percent last month.
 
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3. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:597]
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Raw Rank: 497
Percent: 82.8

Jumping from 31.7 percent last month!
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Raw Rank: 481
Percent: 80.2

Staying in the top ten yet again. This month, however, both Race for the Galaxy and Dominion don't have an expansion tagging along.
 
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Raw Rank: 480
Percent: 80.0
 
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6. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:622] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Raw Rank: 476
Percent: 79.3

Didn't have it last month, but perhaps the hype is building.
 
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7. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:591]
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Raw Rank: 442
Percent: 73.7

Not quite as hot as last month, dropping from second to seventh.
 
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8. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
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Raw Rank: 424
Percent: 70.7
 
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9. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:132]
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Raw Rank: 421
Percent: 70.2
 
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10. Board Game: Cadwallon: City of Thieves [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2384]
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Raw Rank: 396
Percent: 66.0
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11. Board Game: Hot Dog [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:12108]
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There are 81 unique games in The Hotness for the month of June

The maximum possible hotness is 600. My script blorped and the first half of the month disappeared. Sorry! I wish I could see the difference it would have made.
 
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12. Board Game: Hot Property! [Average Rating:5.11 Unranked]
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The rest of the rankings:
(Games in bold were nominated for the 2010 Spiel des Jahres)
(Games in italics were recommended for the 2010 Spiel des Jahres)
Summoner Wars --> Raw Rank: 391 (65.2)
Arkham Horror --> Raw Rank: 388 (64.7)
Small World --> Raw Rank: 364 (60.7)
Fresco --> Raw Rank: 362 (60.3)
Runewars --> Raw Rank: 362 (60.3)
Twilight Struggle --> Raw Rank: 361 (60.2)
Claustrophobia --> Raw Rank: 349 (58.2)
7 Wonders --> Raw Rank: 331 (55.2)
Dungeon Lords --> Raw Rank: 325 (54.2)
Tank on Tank --> Raw Rank: 302 (50.3)
Dominion: Prosperity --> Raw Rank: 301 (50.2)
War of the Ring Collector's Edition --> Raw Rank: 294 (49.0)
Heroes of Graxia --> Raw Rank: 282 (47.0)
Defenders of the Realm --> Raw Rank: 263 (43.8)
DungeonQuest --> Raw Rank: 260 (43.3)
51st State --> Raw Rank: 238 (39.7)
D-Day Dice --> Raw Rank: 233 (38.8)
Puerto Rico --> Raw Rank: 232 (38.7)
Dead of Night --> Raw Rank: 229 (38.2)
Innovation --> Raw Rank: 207 (34.5)
Julius Caesar --> Raw Rank: 199 (33.2)
Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War --> Raw Rank: 199 (33.2)
Tiger of Malaya --> Raw Rank: 193 (32.2)
Founding Fathers --> Raw Rank: 187 (31.2)
Le Havre --> Raw Rank: 187 (31.2)
Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion --> Raw Rank: 185 (30.8)
Battlestar Galactica --> Raw Rank: 175 (29.2)
Monster Mayhem --> Raw Rank: 154 (25.7)
Pandemic --> Raw Rank: 141 (23.5)
Descent: Journeys in the Dark --> Raw Rank: 135 (22.5)
Wiz-War --> Raw Rank: 135 (22.5)
Moongha Invaders --> Raw Rank: 130 (21.7)
Merchants & Marauders --> Raw Rank: 128 (21.3)
Glory to Rome --> Raw Rank: 127 (21.2)
Dixit --> Raw Rank: 127 (21.2)
Carson City --> Raw Rank: 111 (18.5)
War of the Ring --> Raw Rank: 104 (17.3)
Scandaroon --> Raw Rank: 101 (16.8)
Chaos in the Old World --> Raw Rank: 98 (16.3)
Napoleon's War Volume I: The 100 Days --> Raw Rank: 96 (16.0)
Horus Heresy --> Raw Rank: 93 (15.5)
Magnum Sal --> Raw Rank: 91 (15.2)
Memoir '44 --> Raw Rank: 84 (14.0)
Hansa Teutonica --> Raw Rank: 83 (13.8)
Space Hulk (Third Edition) --> Raw Rank: 80 (13.3)
Dune --> Raw Rank: 79 (13.2)
Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 --> Raw Rank: 78 (13.0)
Leaping Lemmings --> Raw Rank: 74 (12.3)
Glen More --> Raw Rank: 74 (12.3)
Power Grid --> Raw Rank: 68 (11.3)
Warhammer: Invasion --> Raw Rank: 65 (10.8)
He & She --> Raw Rank: 65 (10.8)
At the Gates of Loyang --> Raw Rank: 64 (10.7)
Brass --> Raw Rank: 60 (10.0)
Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements --> Raw Rank: 58 (9.7)
Genji --> Raw Rank: 56 (9.3)
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age --> Raw Rank: 50 (8.3)
Dominion: Alchemy --> Raw Rank: 47 (7.8)
Thunderstone --> Raw Rank: 47 (7.8)
Splut! --> Raw Rank: 45 (7.5)
Carcassonne --> Raw Rank: 43 (7.2)
Aliens: This Time it's War --> Raw Rank: 41 (6.8)
Stone Age --> Raw Rank: 39 (6.5)
Zombie Dice --> Raw Rank: 38 (6.3)
Steam --> Raw Rank: 27 (4.5)
Blackbeard --> Raw Rank: 24 (4.0)
Warriors of God --> Raw Rank: 23 (3.8)
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game --> Raw Rank: 15 (2.5)
BattleLore --> Raw Rank: 15 (2.5)
Endeavor --> Raw Rank: 9 (1.5)
Jambo --> Raw Rank: 6 (1.0)
 
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13. Board Game: Employee of the Month [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:14738]
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Games that appeared on The Hotness every recorded day last month (twelve total):
(Items in bold were nominated for the 2010 Spiel des Jahres)

Forbidden Island
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Castle Ravenloft D&D Board Game
Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Claustrophobia
Small World
Twilight Struggle
Agricola
Fresco
Runewars
Puerto Rico
War of the Ring Collector's Edition
Arkham Horror
Le Havre
Dominion
Dominion: Prosperity
Battles of Westeros
Dungeon Lords
Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War
Cyclades
Age of Industry
Summoner Wars
Race for the Galaxy
 
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14. Board Game: Happy Days [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:14685]
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The rest of the list ordered by number of days:
(Items in bold were nominated for the 2010 Spiel des Jahres)
(Games in italics were recommended for the 2010 Spiel des Jahres)

Battlestar Galactica --> Number of Days: 11
War of the Ring --> Number of Days: 11
Horus Heresy --> Number of Days: 10
Innovation --> Number of Days: 10
DungeonQuest --> Number of Days: 10
City of Thieves --> Number of Days: 9
Pandemic --> Number of Days: 9
7 Wonders --> Number of Days: 8
Carson City --> Number of Days: 8
Chaos in the Old World --> Number of Days: 8
Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion --> Number of Days: 8
Carcassonne --> Number of Days: 8
Memoir '44 --> Number of Days: 8
Power Grid --> Number of Days: 8
Brass --> Number of Days: 8
Tank on Tank --> Number of Days: 7
Napoleon's War Volume I: The 100 Days --> Number of Days: 7
Hansa Teutonica --> Number of Days: 7
Dead of Night --> Number of Days: 7
Space Hulk (Third Edition) --> Number of Days: 7
Heroes of Graxia --> Number of Days: 7
Julius Caesar --> Number of Days: 6
Defenders of the Realm --> Number of Days: 6
D-Day Dice --> Number of Days: 6
Leaping Lemmings --> Number of Days: 6
At the Gates of Loyang --> Number of Days: 6
Aliens: This Time it's War --> Number of Days: 6
Dixit --> Number of Days: 6
Founding Fathers --> Number of Days: 5
Stone Age --> Number of Days: 5
Wiz-War --> Number of Days: 5
Glory to Rome --> Number of Days: 5
51st State --> Number of Days: 5
Warhammer: Invasion --> Number of Days: 5
Dune --> Number of Days: 5
Glen More --> Number of Days: 5
Splut! --> Number of Days: 4
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game --> Number of Days: 4
Dominion: Alchemy --> Number of Days: 4
Steam --> Number of Days: 4
Zombie Dice --> Number of Days: 4
Tiger of Malaya --> Number of Days: 4
Moongha Invaders --> Number of Days: 4
Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 --> Number of Days: 4
Monster Mayhem --> Number of Days: 4
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age --> Number of Days: 4
Merchants & Marauders --> Number of Days: 4
Scandaroon --> Number of Days: 3
Thunderstone --> Number of Days: 3
Magnum Sal --> Number of Days: 2
Blackbeard --> Number of Days: 2
BattleLore --> Number of Days: 2
Endeavor --> Number of Days: 2
Genji --> Number of Days: 2
Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements --> Number of Days: 2
He & She --> Number of Days: 2
Jambo --> Number of Days: 1
Warriors of God --> Number of Days: 1
 
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